George Atkins Communications Award

The George Atkins Communications Award was established in 1991 to recognize rural radio broadcasters for their outstanding commitment and contribution to food security and poverty reduction in low-income countries. The award is named after Dr. George S. Atkins, the Founding Director of Farm Radio International.

The award is presented each year to an individual that demonstrates overall programming excellence in responding to small-scale farmers’ needs as well as commitment to Farm Radio International.

The following individuals and organizations have received the award since its inception:

2014 *three winners

  • Victoria Dansoa Abankwa,
    Agricultural officer and radio host
    Radio Central, Ghana
  • Gebrehiwot Tesfay,
    Assistant editor
    Dimtsiwoyane Radio Station, Ethiopia
  • Mfaume Zabibu Kikwato
    Producer and broadcaster
    Mwambao FM, Tanzania

2013 *three winners

  • Lydia Ajono,
    Director
    Radio Gurune, Ghana
  • Anthony Lwanga
    Director
    Kagadi Kibaale Community Radio (KKCR), Uganda
  • Kasooha Ismael
    Broadcaster
    Kagadi Kibaale Community Radio (KKCR), Uganda

2012 *dual winners

  • Emmanuel Asamoah
    General Manager
    Rite FM, Ghana
  • Lazarus Laiser
    Broadcaster, Trainer
    Habari Maalum Media, Tanzania

2011

2010

  • Grace Amito
    Broadcaster
    Mega FM, Uganda

2009

  • Gladson Makowa
    Producer
    The Story Workshop, Malawi

2008

  • Rachel Awuor Adipo
    Ugunja Community Resource Centre, Kenya

2007

  • Kwabena Agyei
    Broadcaster
    Classic FM, Ghana

2006

  • Alison Data Phido
    Program Director
    African Radio Drama Association, Nigeria

2005

  • Aaron Kaah
    Broadcaster
    Oku Rural Radio Station (95.2 FM), Cameroon

2004

  • Sachia Ngutsav
    Producer
    Radio Benue, Nigeria

2003

  • Bernardo Caamal Itza
    Broadcaster
    Radio XEPET, Mexico

2001

  • Adelina Carreno
    Producer
    ViSCA Radio School on the Air, Philippines

2000

  • Beltran Meza Quiros
    Radio Sonora Radio Fides, Costa Rica

1999

  • Sustainable-agriculture & Environmental Voluntary Action (SEVA)
    Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

1998

  • Haroldo Dilagosto
    Broadcaster
    Domingo F. Sarmiento FM Radio-School, Argentina

1997

  • Veuve Carlo Hubert
    Broadcaster
    Radio Petion-Ville, Haiti

1996

  • James Achanyi-Fontem
    Project Director
    Radio Cameroon Farm Service, Cameroon Link, Cameroon

1995

  • Miguel Moncada Valladares
    Manager & Broadcaster
    The Voice of Atlantida, Honduras

1994

  • Peter Afekoro
    Agricultural Specialist
    Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nigeria

1993

  • McRei Mannuel Kei
    Rural Broadcast Officer
    National Broadcasting Commission, Papua New Guinea

1992

  • Carlos Cordero Jimenez
    Communications Consultant, Costa Rica

1991

  • Ahmed Baba Counta
    Head, Division of Educational Rural Radio
    Office of Radio and Television Broadcasting, Senegal